The natural habitat in Thassos
Thassos is rich in flora and fauna. The gulf of Panagia has become part of the group Natura. The area of Thassos comprises one of the fifth most significant areas in the Mediterranean, concerning the protection of the sea mammals. Ypsario and Maries have been defined as shelters of praise and the hunting of hare was outlawed.
The flora in Thassos
Thassos is not named as “the emerland” island by chance, since it has opulent vegetation. The island is covered by pine trees, olive trees and bushes. At a high altitude towards the top of the mountains you will meet centenarian trees. Additionally, there are a lot of herbs and aromatic plants, such as the chamomile and oregano.
A large part of the island had been destroyed by the Great fires during the 90’s. However, through the years, the wood have obtained their initial morphology. Only a very small part of it in southeastern Thassos is infertile and rocky.
The fauna in Thassos
The fauna in Thassos is mainly comprised by small animals, birds and reptiles. The large carnivorous mammals have become extinct from the island and that fact has created a lot of imbalances on the island’s animal population. Therefore, in the woods, there are hares, ferrets, foxes, while wolves and jackals have been vanished. You will meet a lot o hers with gots or sheep, which are not wild, but they graze freely. Cats are dominant in every village. They are friendly and ready to play games.
The diversity of birds is quite rich with a lot of seagulls, predatory birds and swallows. In the forest and in areas with waters, you will find amphibious reptiles, turtles, frogs, lizards as well as snakes.
Thassos is famous for its fish variety. The main fisheries are located in the southern part of the island.